Candace Rice has welcomed her baby boy.
The 28-year-old Floribama Shore star took to Instagram two days ago to announce that her little one came early at 24 weeks.
‘Merry Christmas everyone!’ began the reality TV star. ‘Maxwell Michael Hardy arrived at 2:30am. We have a Christmas baby and another Capricorn! He’s so strong!’
The baby is here: Candace Rice has welcomed her baby boy. The 28-year-old Floribama Shore star took to Instagram two days ago to announce that her little one came early at 24 weeks
News: ‘Merry Christmas everyone!’ began the reality TV star. ‘Maxwell Michael Hardy arrived at 2:30am. We have a Christmas baby and another Capricorn! He’s so strong!’; Seen in 2018
‘Currently in Nicu and hopefully I can take him home in a few months,’ said the star.
Rice said she is asking for prayers ‘more than ever for my little man.’
And she added that he is doing OK.
‘He’s so small, but so aware. I cannot wait to hold him. Please keep the development of baby Maxwell in your family prayers today as you gather with family & friends,’ ended the note.
Last week Candace shared a slideshow of photos in which she proudly displayed her burgeoning belly before she gave birth.
She revealed that a harrowing experience affected the timing of her announcement.
‘I didn’t want to post these yet, but unfortunately yesterday I went into pre term labor at 24 weeks,’ Candace wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.
Small but strong: ‘He’s so small, but so aware. I cannot wait to hold him. Please keep the development of baby Maxwell in your family prayers today as you gather with family & friends,’ ended the note
She continued, ‘Dr. Tosha Muse in addition to all the wonderful doctors & nurses have been doing all they can to keep baby Maxwell Michael Hardy inside the womb as long as possible.’
‘It’s wayyyy too early for him to enter,’ the television personality added.
In the photos, Candace went topless in a pair of light wash blue jeans and accessorized with large gold hoop earrings.
The beauty shone with the glow of pregnancy as she stood with one hand covering her chest and her other hand resting on her stomach.
In the second photo, Candace was joined by a man who also went shirtless in a pair of blue jeans.
He wrapped his arms around Candace, placing his hands over her her hands and beamed at the camera as she looked up at his lovingly.
In the last photo, she posed solo with one hand covering her chest and her other hand placed on top of her mane of curly dark hair.
Scary: In her post, Candace revealed that she was hospitalized due to pre-term labor at 24 weeks
The Yaaganix founder is known for her privacy concerning her personal life. While fans speculated that she was pregnant, she had not confirmed the rumors until Thursday’s post.
The MTV reality star has not disclosed the name of the baby’s father, though she went on to express her gratitude to her ‘love’ as well as her friends and family in the caption.
Candace also described her struggles with hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
She wrote, ‘Thank you to all my friends that have called me, checked on me throughout this entire pregnancy. Thank you to my amazing family, Mama & Papa Rice for being there for me every step of the way.
Grateful: She also thanked her friends and family for their support. Seen in 2018 with her Floribama Shore castmates Jeremiah Buoni, Codi Butts, Kortni Gilson, Aimee Hall, Kirk Medas, Nilsa Prowant and Gus Smyrnios
‘Thank you most of all to my love who have been there for me through the worst HG possible (I lost 20 pounds in the first 4 months and was throwing up on average 7 times a day) could barely walk or move and he was there for me every single day making sure I had what I needed all while working full time.’
She continued, ‘I couldn’t ask for better support system.
‘Praying for a healthy son and speaking a miracle over my son’s life and health.’
Candace revealed she had to be on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. She also said that she would stay at the hospital until the beginning of the new year due to COVID.
The Memphis, Tennessee native concluded her post with some words of advice for expecting mothers.
‘This pregnancy has sat my busy body behind down. Now I’m officially on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy and will be in the hospital for the remainder of the year in isolation thanks to COVID.
‘Take it easy mommy-to-bes. I don’t care what you think you have to do, the only thing you actually HAVE to do is let that baby bake, stress-free in peace.’